Spousal abuse takes many forms and encompasses everything from sneering put-downs to physical assault. Matrimonial Lawyers routinely advise clients to report incidents of serious abuse to the police and follow through with the laying of charges. Police departments are now well aware of these issues and have developed staff and strategies to assist you. You will be taken seriously. Women who visit a lawyer often suggest that there is no proof of the assault. Follow the advice of your lawyer and leave the documenting of evidence to your lawyer and, in appropriate situations, to the police. A word from a neighbour, a note scribbled by an emergency room doctor, and your testimony are types of evidence that lawyers can call upon in particular situations.